Is your work environment hostile? Probably not, but it could be.
Employees throughout my career, and in various companies, have complained to me about their hostile work environment. And, yes, some of them have had pretty bad work environments. They claim bad bosses, dysfunctional, back-biting coworkers, and management decisions they abhor.
But, hostile? Not really. When I studied what comprised a hostile work environment, it had a lot to do with potential discrimination. Not a lot to do with people and issues that ticked me or you off. Too bad, in some ways, since I wish a productive, happy work environment for everyone.
Unfortunately, that's not going to happen.
Until people stop using work to play out their control issues and their domination fantasies, their dysfunctional adolescences, and their unhappy home lives, work for many will be a struggle. When people at work start talking to each other like adult co-equals, perhaps environments will change. I can only hope, but, in the meantime, I have lots of business.
I consult, and always have, on common sense solutions and systems - creating systems that give people goals, personal and career development, feedback and recognition; protect the employer and his interests; and create an employee-oriented, empowering environment, supportive of people and their dreams. I wish this for every employee.
But, a hostile work environment presents these parameters. Does your workplace actually qualify as a hostile work environment - or are you a victim of wishful thinking? If so, there are other approaches you can pursue - like job searching.
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